Dordt College News

Dordt students on service projects during winter break

January 14, 2013

Twenty-three Dordt College students traveled overseas during their winter break on AMOR (A Mission OutReach), a week-long mission trip where students help with construction and renovation projects while sharing Christ’s love with others.

The following students journeyed to Brazil along with chaperones Gary (professor of agriculture) and LuAnne De Vries, and Brett Leyendekker (Dordt College student services assistant): Elizabeth Boender (Hickman, Nebraska), Dirk Oudman (Wheatfield, Indiana), Kyle Roos (Sioux Center, Iowa), Nathan Smith (Palm Desert, California), and John Stam (Oskaloosa, Iowa). Students traveling to Jamaica were: Kelsey De Kam (Edgerton, Minnesota), Alexa Groen (Munster, Indiana), Derek Lourens (Orange City, Iowa), Katie Monsma (League City, Texas), Kristi Palsma (Orange City, Iowa), Jenna Petersen (Clara City, Minnesota), Joy Roelofs (Tyler, Minnesota), Christy Sikkema (Ridgetown, Ontario, Canada), Marisa Van Bemmel (Rock Valley, Iowa), Kimberly van der Giessen (Seattle, Washington), Sara van der Giessen (Seattle, Washington), Austin Van Staalduinen (Pantego, North Carolina), Kristin Vanden Bosch (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Gina VanLaan (Caledonia, Michigan), and Ashley Viet (Hawarden, Iowa).

One reason Dordt encourages international mission work is because of the cross-cultural learning opportunity it presents to students. A common thread through the stories shared by past AMOR participants is that they have learned about themselves in the light of these other cultures and of God’s love and work around the globe.

Dordt College was recently named an honor roll member by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes institutions of higher education that promote community service and show meaningful results in their communities.

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